Located on the Island paradise of Kauai, Nani Moon Meadery is the only local producer of mead in Hawaii. Mead, commonly known as honey wine, is considered the worlds oldest alcoholic beverage, its origins dating back over 10 thousand years, consumed and celebrated by cultures across the planet. Traditionally, and still today, styles of mead can vary immensely, ranging from a potency of 6% to 18% ABV (alcohol by volume) and incorporating regional fruit and herbs for flavor profiling.
Nani Moon Meadery has put their own modern twist on this ancient beverage, using locally sourced honey from their own hives and fruit and spices from local farmers. Their meads are crafted to be food and lifestyle friendly, with an ABV of 12-13% similar to wines, with profiles that range from dry to semi-sweet and fruit forward to spiced.
Mead is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US Alcohol industry, with an estimated new Meadery opening in the US every 3 days! Nani Moon Meadery is a pioneer in this fast-growing industry, now celebrating their 10th year in business. For guests that are both well versed and new to mead, a tasting flight at Nani Moon Meadery will be an enlightening experience to meads filled with the tropical flavors Kauai has to offer.
When guests visit Nani Moon Meadery & Tasting Room they are greeted with an introduction to mead and what makes their Kauai crafted meads so unique. The most popular option is a Tasting Flight of all six (soon to be seven!) varieties of meads with an opportunity to purchase favorite bottles to take home and share. Guests also get an ‘inside look’ at the production room where the mead is made. On any given day there may be local fruit being juiced, honey being poured, or a full crew bottling line.
From Farm to Glass
The diversity of flavors is remarkable when experiencing a Nani Moon Mead tasting flight. Starting with the three featured tropical melomels (mead made with fruit), guests will experience the Kauai grown flavors of Polynesian mountain apple in Laka’s Nectar, organic sugarloaf pineapple and Tahitian limes in Pineapple Lime, starfruit and lilikoi (passionfruit) in full-bodied Winter Sun.
Switching from fruit forwards to savory, Nani Moon Mead methelgins (mead made from spices) incorporate intoxicating spices including fresh young white ginger root in their Ginger Spice, estate-grown cacao and vanilla beans in top-selling Cacao Moon, and Hawaiian chili peppers in the local favorite Deviant Beehavior.
Nani Moon Meadery and Tasting Room is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 12-5 pm and is located at 4-939 Kuhio Highway in Kapa’a. Services include tastings, bottle purchases, Kauai made merchandise and mainland shipping. Definitely a must while visiting the windward side of Kauai.